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Barbara Kay: Harvard students want to learn the law without discussing ‘upsetting’ crimes

Posted on 2014-12-18 11:52:39

There are days when I think the entire media has been taken over by the satirical publication, The Onion, whose hilarious riffs on cultural and political trends skewer political correctness with such straight-faced precision that they are frequently taken at face value. But the latest Darwin-award entry in cultural lunacy is no satire.  Some U.S. law students want their professors to eliminate rape law from the curriculum on the grounds that it’s too traumatizing. In her article, “The Trouble with Teaching Rape Law,” in the December 15 edition of The New Yorker, Harvard law school professor Jeannie Suk writes: “About a dozen new teachers of criminal law at multiple institutions have told me that they are not including rape law in their courses, arguing that it’s not worth the risk of discomfort by students.” Will law firms excuse lawyers from handling rape crimes because they skipped class that day? Naturally, if discussion of rape law is too much for students’ delicate sensibilities, it only follows as night the day that any questions relating to rape law on exams be removed so that their performance won’t be negatively affected. That’s happening too. It doesn’t end there. “One teacher I know was recently asked by a student not to use the word “violate” in class — as in “Does this conduct violate the law?” — because the word was triggering,” Suk writes. I am trying very hard to picture a law firm five years hence and a scene in which a senior lawyer instructs an articling student to work up some references for a rape case in which he will be acting for the defence. I am trying to imagine the look on his face when she sweetly informs him that will not be possible for her – firstly because she absented herself from class when rape law was being discussed and was excused from questions on exams about rape law, and secondly because even thinking about rape law gives her the vapours. Then I picture her accusing him of traumatizing her by even........

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The Black Book of the American Left: Volume 2 — The Progressives

Barbara Kay: How utterly irrational faith-based global-warming theory is In an April 30 article, “Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent’ killer, Globe and Mail reporter Karen McColl...


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Latest Column

Barbara Kay: Harvard students want to learn the law without discussing ‘upsetting’ crimes

Posted on 2014-12-18 11:52:39

There are days when I think the entire media has been taken over by the satirical publication, The Onion, whose hilarious riffs on cultural and political trends skewer political correctness with such straight-faced precision that they are frequently taken at face value. But the latest Darwin-award entry in cultural lunacy is no satire.  Some U.S. law students want their professors to eliminate rape law from the curriculum on the grounds that it’s too traumatizing. In her article, “The Trouble with Teaching Rape Law,” in the December 15 edition of The New Yorker, Harvard law school professor Jeannie Suk writes: “About a dozen new teachers of criminal law at multiple institutions have told me that they are not including rape law in their courses, arguing that it’s not worth the risk of discomfort by students.” Will law firms excuse lawyers from handling rape crimes because they skipped class that day? Naturally, if discussion of rape law is too much for students’ delicate sensibilities, it only follows as night the day that any questions relating to rape law on exams be removed so that their performance won’t be negatively affected. That’s happening too. It doesn’t end there. “One teacher I know was recently asked by a student not to use the word “violate” in class — as in “Does this conduct violate the law?” — because the word was triggering,” Suk writes. I am trying very hard to picture a law firm five years hence and a scene in which a senior lawyer instructs an articling student to work up some references for a rape case in which he will be acting for the defence. I am trying to imagine the look on his face when she sweetly informs him that will not be possible for her – firstly because she absented herself from class when rape law was being discussed and was excused from questions on exams about rape law, and secondly because even thinking about rape law gives her the vapours. Then I picture her accusing him of traumatizing her by even........

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